New COVID cases and related deaths from infection are reportedly falling on a global scale, stated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday denoting this as a ‘Welcome News’ or ‘Welcome Decline’.
WHO Describes COVID Decline As ‘Welcome News’
WHO said all, but with a warning against an expected spike in deaths and hospitalizations related to COVID in coming winters in the Northern Hemisphere, with a possibility of a new and deadly COVID-19 variant becoming dominant.
“We are now seeing a welcome decline in reported COVID deaths globally. However, with colder weather approaching in the northern hemisphere, it’s reasonable to expect an increase in hospitalizations and deaths in the coming months”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO.
“Sub Variants of Omicron are more transmissible than their predecessors, & the risk of even more transmissible & more dangerous variants remains,” he added.
Tedros also asserted that vaccination rates, including in rich countries, “were still too low, noting that 30% of health workers and 20% of older people remain unimmunized.”
“These vaccination gaps pose a risk to all of us,” he said. “Please get vaccinated if you are not and a booster if it’s recommended that you have one”, he added.
General also alerted the vaccinated people by warning them to wear masks and exercise complete COVID-19 protection norms to make sure they do not get infected or infect others.
“Avoid crowds if you can, especially indoors. If you are in a crowded indoor space, wear a mask and open a window. And continue to clean your hands, which will help to protect you and others from all kinds of viruses and bacteria”, he said.
“Living with COVID19 doesn’t mean pretending the pandemic is over. If you go walking in the rain without an umbrella, pretending it’s not raining won’t help you. You’ll still get wet. Likewise, pretending a deadly virus is not circulating is a huge risk,” General said.